Malawi electricity tariffs up again

Malawians will continue dipping deeper in their pockets to pay for electricity as Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) has effected a tariff hike to K57.07 (about $0.10) from the current K53.69 (about $0.08) per kilowatt-hour.

Jere: Mera announced electricity tarrif hike

Jere: Mera announced electricity tarrif hike

This raise represents a 7. 5 percent according to the energy regulator.

According to a statement signed by Mera board chairperson Dingiswayo Jere, Mera approved the hike following a review of Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) tariff through the Automatic Tariff Adjustment Formula.

Jere said after considering the impact of inflation rate and exchange rate movement the electricity tariff qualified for an upward adjustment.

Jere explained the tariff was beyond the statutory plus or minus five percent threshold for revising tariffs

“Applying the February 2016 exchange rate and inflation figures on the ATAF, resulted into a 15.64 percent upward electricity tariffs adjustment.

“According the principal of ATAF, the outcome of 15.64 percent is beyond the statutory more or less 5 percent trigger limit of adjusting electricity tariffs to cover the erosion of the electricity tariff due to depreciation of the Kwacha and rising inflation,” reads the statement in part by Jere.

Economics Association of Malawi (Ecama) executive director Edward Chilima predicted that electricity tariffs were set to be raised owing to the sharp weakening of the kwacha and rising inflation.

He, however, urged Escom to embrace the public sector reforms that are currently being championed by government, observing that there are a number of inefficiencies in the management of parastatals.

Similarly, Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) executive director John Kapito queried Escom that it has failed in most of the key performance indicators necessitating further power hike.

In Malawi, electricity tariffs are expected to be reviewed every four years and since 2008, there have been two electricity tariff reviews, the first being from 2009 to 2013 and the second from 2014 to 2017.

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Mwana Wa Malawi
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Mwana Wa Malawi
7 months 16 days ago

Oh shame my poor Malawian we dont have a President in Malawi no cabinet minister and no MPs only shit

Mwana Wa Malawi
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Mwana Wa Malawi
7 months 16 days ago

This is to prove that President of Malwi and his cabinet has failed shem on you!!! you have to resigne

bec
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bec
7 months 17 days ago

ndakomoka!

Nyama
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Nyama
7 months 17 days ago

Unless salaries for civil servants are also on ATAF. How come with sheer stupidity that you base your pricing system on rate of inflation and exchange rate to increase the tariff? Is the water in free flowing shire river where you generate electricity also looks at inflation? Ask the big Kahuna if the increase is in line with reducing poverty? You are actually decampaigning against this govt that is already dead walking.
It is high time that leadership of this country has assumed its responsibility otherwise the call for resignation is genuine now.

loonzoh
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loonzoh
7 months 17 days ago

where is malawi going do you think poor malawian can manage to pay this? in addition to shortage of maize the who country.

James Tsamwa
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James Tsamwa
7 months 17 days ago

No 31, which one?

Okhala
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Okhala
7 months 17 days ago

when will Malawians hear that Electricity tariffs has gone down?

Sapitwa
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Sapitwa
7 months 17 days ago

Yes. Just make sure you give me the electricity all round with no load shedding. I can pay happily on this condition.

Zero Hour
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Zero Hour
7 months 17 days ago

APA NDIYE ZIFUKWA ZA MADEMO ZAKWANA BASI! No maize and electricity tariffs continuously rising. GOSH!

Mathanyula
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Mathanyula
7 months 17 days ago

is there any leader in Malawi?

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